Xbox 360 -- Prey You play as a Tommy, a Cherokee who does not appreciate his heritage and wants to get out of the reservation that he and his girlfriend Jen live in so he can marry her. Tommy gets agitated with two guys in the bar.. And beats them with his wrench which is used throughout the game. It is stormy outside, the news comes on and reports sightings of UFO’s in the sky. All of a sudden the lights go off and the ceiling falls off. As they say “They are not coming… they are already here.“ The UFO’s lights are shot through, bringing Tommy, his girlfriend, and his grandfather in where they end up being tied up, only to be helped by a mysterious stranger who frees Tommy and starts his journey to save his girlfriend Jen and escape the place. The story line keeps you interested in the game because of its suspense and makes you actually care for the characters in the game. Your desire to find out what happens next forces you to keep playing. The game consists of a First-person shooter and a puzzle game perfectly blended together. This game is not for the weak stomachs as it has a lot of gore and deserves the mature rating. It is supposed to be scary, and at times it can be. Tommy starts off with his wrench but as the game goes along he becomes equipped with more powerful weapons, all having a secondary. Ammo for the weapons is found throughout the game, although sometimes you do run out. Not far into the game… Tommy is taught the “ways of the ancients” and has to ability to leave his body and enter the “spirit walk” in which he has a bow and can walk through energy barriers. You are only able to shoot the bow in the spirit form if you have enough spirit energy…. Which can be obtained from beaten enemies. The puzzle portion of the game mostly consists of the switching to and from the spirit form, but it does not get old as the puzzles are not too hard nor too easy. Another twist in the game is that you can walk on ceilings and walls. You fight enemies not only on your level.. But on ceilings and walls adding a nice touch to the game. It is easy to get confused with the ceiling and wall walking and the portals which can be found in boxes and other places, but it is this that makes the game fun and enjoyable because it is something not done in many if any games. To help you with the puzzles and enemies is your bird who translates signs and even distracts enemies. To add variety the game also has two different flying vehicles, one used only once. The biggest problem with the gameplay of prey is its difficulty… it is too short and too easy. Even though the game has two difficulties… it is too easy as you cannot die. When you die you are brought to a place where you have a minute to shoot down flying birds that restore your health and then you are brought back close to where you left off.. The bosses don’t even restore health when you die. In this game it is almost impossible not to beat it. The enemies are way too easy as well.. As are the three bosses in the game. Prey is too short and easy of a game. The graphics of Prey are amazing even when not played on HDTV. The game has enormous levels with whole planets you can walk around with only one loading screen per level. You can read the every sign and letter in the game, even the ones written in blood. The characters look very real. Even though the game is played in a very dark environment, the beautiful graphics are still evident, even more so when you turn on the lighter that Tommy carries to illuminate the beauty of the game. The controls are responsive and are logical making it easy to play. One problem that I saw was that you had to shuffle through a lot of weapons to get to the one you want. The sound is amazing. The voice acting is one of the best I’ve seen in any game. The music also goes along with what the experience is in the game. That brings me to another rare disappointment with the game.. The online play. There are only two game types Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. It has a leader board and ranked matches but the matches are almost always very laggy to the point where it can become impossible to play. Many people just get on to get the multiplayer achievements. Although there is still not many people playing. With the mediocre online play this game doesn’t have much replay value although if you forget the story line you will probably want to come back and play it in the Hardest difficulty. SCORE: 8.5/10 Reviewed by Rickjames. Ask before using this review in any fashion.
...and here's my review! :)
Prey may at first appear to be yet another high tech, space themed horror FPS – but its unique twists and turns will keep even die hard Doom fans interested. The game kicks off with you playing as a guy called Tommy who’s more concerned with running off with his Girlfriend then understanding and respecting his Cherokee Indian Heritage. However, before he can run away an alien invasion sucks Tommy, his girlfriend and his Grandfather into a spacecraft. For some unknown reason you’ve escaped imprisonment and now you’re walking around a spaceship with a spanner in your hand trying to figure out what’s happening. Tommy gets in touch with his Cherokee spirituality which comes in handy in the game. You can leave your earthly body behind and travel in spirit form, where you can walk straight through force fields and be able to take out enemies with the spirit bow, but this leaves your physical form defenseless. Tommy doesn’t die, which is handy. Instead, when he loses all his health, he’s transported instantly to an island in the spirit realm, where he snipes at wraiths with the spirit bow for about 15 seconds before being dropped back in the level right where you left off. Prey has an adaptive difficulty system, which basically means: the better you are, the better it gets – and it really did seem to get harder as the game went on. As a result, there are just two difficulty settings, Normal and Cherokee, and I'd advise that even the hardcore gamers might want to give Normal a try on the first run out, letting the game's artificial intelligence pick up the pace to a comfortable level. The shooting action itself feels like a slight step back from recent genre offerings like FEAR. The alien weaponry feels mostly familiar, but offers a few nifty features; your basic blaster offers secondary sniper-rifle functionality, there's a gun that can sap elemental powers to freeze, burn, or electrocute the aliens, and a shotgun that blasts acid instead of pellets. Sadly, the enemy AI is unexceptional, often leaving it wide-open to attack and never demonstrating any interesting squad tactics. The gameplay is amazing, but is the side let down by the graphics? No way, if anything the graphics are better than the gameplay, some scenes in the game are simply stunning and with the physics working wonders with the wacky portals you’re guaranteed to enjoy looking at this game – and enjoy playing it. Overall, Prey is a really cracking game, it has everything you want from a game and more – it’s a real testament to great game design. Prey deserves to be up there with the greats of gaming. Definitely recommended. Quality 9 of 10 Value 9 of 10 Overall 9 of 10